Mhango says government committed to improve rural infrastructure

Mulanje: Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappie Mhango has said government is committed to develop rural infrastructure across the country to facilitate socio-economic activities.

Speaking on Thursday when he launched the construction of Thanguzi Bridge in Traditional Authority Chikumbu in Mulanje, Mhango said infrastructure is the cornerstone for rural development, hence government’s determination in ensuring that rural areas are well connected by building a good road network complete with modern bridges to foster development.

We are here in Mulanje Central Constituency launching the construction of this bridge that will connect people of Kadewere and Golden villages. As government, we believe once this bridge is finished, it will boost economic activities and ease access to vital services and in a way, improve people’s livelihoods, Mhango said.

The minister, therefore, advised the contractor to adhere to quality standards and timeliness, saying government would not condone sub-standard work or unnecessary delays.

In his remarks, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development who is also Member of Parliament for Mulanje Central, Kondwani Nakhumwa said the construction of the Thanguzi Bridge is a clear indication that government is committed to developing rural areas.

Nankhumwa said once completed, the bridge would reduce challenges people in the area have been facing, noting: Many people have lost their lives trying to cross this river. I would like to thank President Professor Peter Mutharika for recognizing us and lifting our burden.

Nankhumwa, however, emphasized the need for communities to monitor the project, saying the responsibility should not only be left to the district council and chiefs but they should also own the development for quality results.

Earlier, Senior Chief Chikumbu said the construction of the bridge would ease the burden people in her area were facing when accessing social and economic services and that the facility would enhance agricultural activities.

Chikumbu added that people should avoid stealing or vandalizing materials as the bridge would serve their interests.

I would like to thank government for the initiative, it will help us in many ways and I would like to plead with my subjects to avoid vandalism, Chikumbu advised.

The K480 million, 58 metres long Thanguzi Bridge is being constructed by CAS Civil Contractors funded by the Government of Malawi through the Roads Authority.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA